The 9 of Wands is the picture of vigilance. The entire group seems to be facing a coming twilight and are prepared for anything. Wands are a symbol of the South, Fire, Creativity and Courage. Maintaining integrity and vigilance in unknown circumstances takes courage and commitment.
The 9 of Wands can signal the near completion of a difficult task, but there is still at least one more obstacle to overcome. This is the time to persist and not be drawn off course by the difficulty.